‘Story of Hyang Dan’

Chungmuro/Film News
Reworking Chun-hyang’s folktale in Tale of Bang-ja
by | July 20, 2009 | 7 Comments
Ryu Seung-beom, Kim Joo-hyuk Hm, interesting. They’re making another version of the famous folktale Story of Chun-hyang, called Story of Bang-ja [방자전]. The folktale tells of two young lovers in Joseon times, gisaeng’s daughter Chun-hyang and nobleman’s son Mong-ryong, and the trials and tribulations they overcome on their way to Happily Ever After. It’s already... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Year in Review, Part 1: The Best of 2007
by | December 26, 2007 | 58 Comments
A month ago, I asked y’all, How was 2007 for you? I was thinking of the year-end wrap-up I would be writing, and wanted to see how you thought the dramas were this past year. I’ll be rolling out my year-in-review posts over the next few days (because one post just isn’t enough!). I also... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hyang Dan subbed
by | November 8, 2007 | 18 Comments
Hey guys, some of you may remember how much I got a kick out of the short, two-episode drama special The Story of Hyang Dan that aired a few months ago. (Here’s my Episode 1 summary, and Episode 2.) It may LOOK like a historical drama but it’s no more a genuine sageuk than The... More »

Drama Recaps
The Story of Hyang Dan: Episode 2 (End)
by | September 8, 2007 | 48 Comments
Part of why STORY OF HYANG DAN works for me is because, although there’s an element of the ridiculous built in (it walks the line between farce and reality), at the center is Hyang Dan, and Seo Ji Hye plays her completely straight. The characters around her may be playing up the joke to whatever... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Sageuk Bandwagon
by | September 6, 2007 | 53 Comments
(This cap from Episode 1 of The Story of Hyang Dan cracks me up. Choi Shi Won’s expression here is priceless as his Mong Ryong ignores bimbotastic Chun Hyang for the sweet and plucky Hyang Dan.)   Yunno, I might just have to rethink my opinion on the whole sageuk thing. And by “rethink,” I... More »

Drama Recaps
The Story of Hyang Dan: Episode 1
by | September 5, 2007 | 58 Comments
MBC’s just-aired two-episode drama STORY OF HYANG DAN, which translates to The Story of Hyang Dan, isn’t really a sageuk drama, even if it takes place in the time of the Joseon Dynasty, which was founded in the late 14th century. This drama (really a minidrama, if even that) is much more like a fusion... More »